Rams girls basketball opens season today

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Rams girls schedule

Today: 3 p.m. and Saturday at West Grand Tournament

Dec. 11: 7:30 p.m. vs. Hayden

Dec. 12: 2:30 p.m. vs. Vail Christian

Dec. 18: 6 p.m. at North Park

Jan. 9: 2:30 p.m. at Rangely

Jan. 15: 6 p.m. vs. North Park

Jan. 22: 5 p.m. at De Beque

Jan. 23: 2:30 p.m. vs. Meeker

Jan. 29: 5:30 p.m. vs. Plateau Valley

Feb. 5: 5:30 p.m. vs. West Grand

Feb. 6: 2:30 p.m. vs. Paonia

Feb. 12: 6:30 p.m. at Hayden

Feb. 13: 4 p.m. at Vail Christian

Feb. 20: TBA District tournament home games

Feb. 26 and 27: TBA District tournament at Rangely

— The Soroco girls basketball team finished 7-11 last year and graduated its best player. It wouldn’t seem likely that the team would be better this winter, but that’s exactly what the Rams are planning on.

The team again will be young, but coaches and players hope a year of experience can help a group of underclassmen reach a new level of competitiveness.

“We’ll definitely be better than we were last year,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “We have a good core of sophomores and juniors, and all the kids have been working hard.”

Bruner will start his third season as the program’s coach at 3 p.m. today when the team travels to play in a tournament at West Grand in Kremmling.

He said the team is more ready now to succeed than it’s ever been. He’s tried to implement a fast-break, short-possession mentality that generates 60 to 70 shots per game.

That’s an enormous increase from the 35 shots the team was averaging before he stepped in.

The proof that shooting often and from everywhere can be effective is in the numbers, he said. In his first year, Soroco averaged 31 points per game. Last year, they scored 46.

Now, he’d like to push that average all the way to 55 points per game.

“If you can score more than 50, you have a good shot at winning most of your games,” he said. “We want to try to score at least 50 and hold our opponents to less than 40. We’re still working on our shooting, though. That just takes repetition.”

Taking many of those shots will be four players who saw extensive time a year ago.

Madison George stepped into the starting lineup last season as a sophomore and should be one of the team’s top point-scorers again this season.

Sophomore sisters Shelby and Lindsay Miles also played big roles a year ago. Even more will be asked of them this season.

“Lindsay and Shelby have put in tons of time this summer,” Bruner said. “They’re shooting a lot better than they did last year, so it will be interesting to see how they come out and play.”

Junior Ceanna Rossi, meanwhile, was one of the team’s top players last year and again will be asked to shoulder much of the team’s scoring load.

“She will really shine,” Bruner said. “She came through big in volleyball this year, and I’m expecting the same thing in basketball.”

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